Excerpt: In Florida, the human rights crisis engulfing farm labor is perhaps most starkly visible. Tomato pickers have received virtually the same harvesting piece rate since 1980: 40-50 cents for every 32-pound bucket they fill. At this rate, workers must pick and haul a staggering 2.5 tons of tomatoes in order to earn minimum wage for a typical 10-hour day.
- Contemporary art takes a foodie turn with a wall full of donuts.
- Don't eat food or drink from containers containing BPA. It's old news but it looks like the FDA is finally getting around to making a statement on the matter. If you really want to get freaked out about plastic containers read this NYT article by N. Kristoff.
- Make what you love at home - top 10 recommendations here. Including how to make your own pizza oven.
- George Barna reports that mainline churches like the Presbyterian one I pastor may be well positioned to connect with younger Americans. Especially of interest is his comment regarding environmental issues.
George Barna, the researcher who analyzed the data for the report, commented that mainline Protestant churches seem to have weathered the past decade better than many people have assumed, but that the future is raising serious challenges to continued stability...He also indicated that the approach that many mainline churches take toward some current social issues – e.g., environmental challenges, poverty, cross-denominational cooperation, developing respectful dialogue, embracing new models for faith expression, and global understanding – position those churches well for attracting younger Americans.
- And based on the results of the recent Pew Study on the Millenial generation (early teens to late 20's) connecting with younger Americans is going to be a real challenge for any church.
They are the least religiously observant youths since survey research began charting religious behavior.
- Here's a link to a KREM TV news report on the church I pastor.
picture of is of a beautiful old stump up at Mt. Spokane.